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iCarly: Season 1 Vol. 1 (DVD Review)

14 Sep, 2008 By: Anne Sherber


Street 9/23/08
$26.98 two-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor.

In the set up episode of this popular Nick series, we meet Carly Shay (Cosgrove), a 13-year-old who lives in Seattle with her 26-year-old brother. Through a series of machinations, Carly and her best friend, Sam (McCurdy), simultaneously alienate a witch-like teacher and launch their very own Web show, dedicated to showcasing goofy, silly and unusual acts. The show ends up being wildly popular, watched by thousands every week.

From there, the show heads into meta concept territory. It’s a real television show about fictional kids who create a fictional webcast called iCarly.com. And if viewers go to iCarly.com, there is content that is not unlike the program content.

Although the premise of iCarly is placed firmly in the here and now, many of its underlying premises are reminiscent of classic children’s programming and literature. Although they are not dead, Carly and Spencer’s parents are traveling and out of the picture indefinitely. Carly is cleverer and wittier and has a clearer view of the world than the adults around her.

The program is populated by a small cast of appealing actors who gamely take on the typically harebrained plot contrivances of young adult TV with energy and enthusiasm. Cosgrove and McCurdy especially do a good job of taking on the teenage condition with conviction. Tweens and young teens will be drawn to this quirky and amusing series.

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